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Funny numbers : an evening with Steve Martin in conversation with Bob Osserman

Author: Robert OssermanAudrey IchinoseSteve MartinRobin WilliamsMathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkeley, Calif.)All authors
Publisher: Providence, RI : Distributed by American Mathematical Society, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Author and actor Steve Martin chatted with mathematician Robert Osserman of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley on December 15, 2002 at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre. They discussed literature and mathematics, why two banjos are like one slide rule, and whether we really know what pi is. Steve Martin read and enacted excerpts from his works, reminisced about his work for the Smothers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Educational films
Feature films
Filmed interviews
Filmed literary readings
Filmed performances
Humor
Interviews
Nonfiction films
Named Person: Steve Martin; Steve Martin
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Osserman; Audrey Ichinose; Steve Martin; Robin Williams; Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkeley, Calif.); American Mathematical Society.; City Arts & Lectures (Firm)
ISBN: 0963990330 9780963990334
OCLC Number: 54380661
Credits: Camera, John Quick, Paul Pesalta, Ron Santos ; editor, Audrey Ichinose.
Cast: Steve Martin, Bob Osserman, Robin Williams.
Event notes: Recorded live December 15, 2002 at Herbst Theatre, San Francisco.
Description: 1 videocassette (81 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Other Titles: Evening with Steve Martin in conversation with Bob Osserman
Responsibility: the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in association with City Arts & Lectures presents ; conceived, designed and produced by Mathematical Sciences Research Institute ; special projects director, Bob Osserman ; director, Audrey Ichinose.

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"Author and actor Steve Martin chatted with mathematician Robert Osserman of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley on December 15, 2002 at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre. They discussed literature and mathematics, why two banjos are like one slide rule, and whether we really know what pi is. Steve Martin read and enacted excerpts from his works, reminisced about his work for the Smothers Brothers, and discussed the authors who influenced him. The hilarity of this event as it spins out of control has to be seen (on this videotape) to be believed!"--Container.

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